Can Breast Cancer in Men Be Prevented?

There are some things a man can do to lower his risk of breast cancer:

  • Maintain an ideal body weight
  • Restricting alcohol consumption.

But since the cause of most breast cancers is not known, there is no known way to prevent them.

For now, the best strategies for reducing the number of deaths caused by this disease are early detection and prompt treatment. Early detection has been a problem for men, who may not notice breast lumps or see their doctor only when the lumps have gotten large. In general, men are diagnosed with breast cancers at more advanced stages than are women.

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Last Medical Review: April 27, 2018 Last Revised: April 27, 2018

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